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johnjm22 12-12-2009 11:52 AM

Dallas Stars @ Los Angeles Kings - 12/12/09 - 7:30PM
 
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http://cdn.nhl.com/kings/images/logos/large.png
Los Angeles Kings
(20-10-3, 43 pts)


VS.


http://cdn.nhl.com/stars/images/logos/large.png
Dallas Stars
(14-8-9, 37 pts)




http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/D...qEQ_ROQN0l.jpg

7:30PM (PST) @ Staples Center Los Angeles, CA


TV Broadcast: FS-W (Home), FS-SW (Away)
Radio Broadcast: KTLK 1150 AM, XM 205
Online Video Stream: ATDHE

GAME PREIVEW
Last 10 -- Dallas 5-2-3, Los Angeles 7-2-1

Season series -- This will be the third game between the two teams this year, the first a one-sided 4-1 Kings win in Dallas on Oct. 19. The second followed what seems to be a recurring pattern for Pacific Division teams lately. Three days after the first meeting, it was a case of the Kings wasting Anze Kopitar's first career hat trick and blowing a three-goal lead in the third but unlike some of their rivals, they pulled out the extra point in overtime, 5-4.

Big story -- It's a stretch where the Pacific Division teams see a lot of each other. For both teams, it's their third straight game against a divisional rival, and for the Stars, their fourth in five games. The Kings got a short respite after one of the tougher back-to backs anyone can face, at San Jose and home against a red-hot Coyotes team. They found ways to win both. The Stars didn't have it any easier with an overtime loss in Anaheim and an 11-round shootout win in San Jose.

Team scope

Stars -- The Stars have only two shootout wins this season and both came in San Jose. Thank the goaltending for the drama of this most recent one. Both Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov kept turning away shots until Matt Niskanen roofed one over Nabokov's shoulder to seal the win in the 11th round, matching the longest shootouts in the NHL this season, 3-2 in Dallas' favor.

''We were starting to run out of guys,'' Niskanen said. ''We were starting to look down at the end of the bench. (Nabokov) was coming out pretty far and so I put a move on him and got very lucky. It the first time I've ever done it. I came at him with a lot of speed and snapped it. As defensemen, we always joke around that we'll be the last used in a shootout.''

Kings -- They could have folded against the Coyotes and it would have been understandable. Not only did they beat the top team in the Western Conference in their home building the night before, but they ended long-term goal droughts from three different players, Teddy Purcell at 27 games, Anze Kopitar at 13 games and Dustin Brown at 14, his deciding the game in OT. To say that multiple monkeys jumped off of backs might have been an understatement.

"It feels like the whole zoo came out," Purcell said.

Then they went and did it again against a Phoenix team that had won five in a row. Again, they blew a two-goal lead, but came back to get the extra point in the shootout, 3-2. The win made them the first NHL team to win 20 games this season, which has them two points behind San Jose for most points in the Western Conference, gave them a 14-0 record when leading after two periods and a 10-1-3 record in one-goal games.

Still, not being able to put teams away in regulation raises some questions.

"We just want to make it more exciting for the fans," Kings center Anze Kopitar said to the Los Angeles Times, before laughing and saying he was joking.

"We blew it a couple times already, but the points are two points. It's not like we wanted to give that one away. We'll definitely take the two. We'll build on that and next time we'll go for two points in regulation."

Who's hot -- As quiet as Brown had been in the goal column, the young winger still managed five assists over his last six games. Jarrett Stoll didn't score in the Phoenix game, but kept a six-game point streak going.

Injury report -- Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins (lacerated finger) was cleared to play Friday and participated in the Sharks game, but forward Brian Sutherby (groin) is still out. Kings forward Brandon Segal (lower body) remains on IR.

Stat pack -- At eight rounds, Thursday's shootout with the Coyotes was the longest ever for the Kings franchise. Their 43 points matches their best 33-game start in franchise history, equaling their 21-11-1 mark in 1988-89. Most notably, though, they're 8-1-1 this year against Pacific Division rivals, 6-1-1 against Dallas since the the start of last season.

Puck drop -- Divisional games are always a challenge and an opportunity at the same time, and while the Stars have something to celebrate with the win in San Jose, they'll still need to do everything they can to keep up with the leaders in the Pacific Division.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?i...vid=sb:preview



INJURIES
LOS ANGELES
Brandon Segal - Lower body (IR. Out until at least mid-December)
Andrei Loktionov - Shoulder (IR. Out until at least mid-December)
Ryan Smyth - Upper body (IR. Out until at least mid-December)

DALLAS
No injuries reported.

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/injuries



RECENT MEETINGS
10/22/09 - Stars @ Kings 5-4 (Kings, OT)
10/19/09 - Kings @ Stars 4-1 (Kings)

*Kings All Time Record against vs the Stars: 70-91-32-5


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQn_qRXFukw
http://kings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=27155




LEADING SCORERS
Forwards
http://kings.nhl.com/v2/photos/mugs/8471685.jpg........................http://stars.nhl.com/v2/photos/mugs/8467389.jpg
Kopitar, LA...........................Richards, DAL
36PTS (15G / 21 A, +2).................36PTS (10 G / 26 A, +1)



Defensemen
http://kings.nhl.com/v2/photos/mugs/8474563.jpg...........................http://stars.nhl.com/v2/photos/mugs/8462196.jpg
Doughty, LA...............................Robidas, DAL
24PTS (8 G / 16 A, +10)................19PTS (7 G / 12 A, +2)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm


PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
LOS ANGELES
Frolov - Kopitar - Williams
Purcell - Stoll - Brown
Parse - Handzus - Simmonds
.........- Richardson - Moller

Scuderi - Doughty
Johnson - Jones
O'Donnell - Greene


DALLAS
Neal - Richards - Eriksson
Morrow - Ribeiro - Benn
Ott - Modano - Lehtinen
Petersen - Wandell - Brunnstrom

Grossman - Robidas
Skrastins - Daley
Fistric - Niskanen



PROBABLE STARTING GOALTENDERS
http://kings.nhl.com/v2/photos/mugs/8471734.jpg...........................http://stars.nhl.com/v2/photos/mugs/8460612.jpg
Quick, LA - 30 GP (18-9-3).......Turco, DAL- 23 GP (10-6-7)
GAA 2.63 / SV% .903.............GAA 2.45 / SV% .917

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm



TEAM STATS
Goals Scored Per Game:
LA – 3.00 (T-6th)
DAL – 2.87 (T-10th)

Goals Given Up Per Game:
LA – 2.91 (21st)
DAL – 2.74 (16th)

Power Play %:
LA – 20.6 (T-10th)
DAL – 19.7 (13th)

Penalty Kill %:
LA – 77.3 (28th)
DAL – 80.6 (16th)

http://www.nhl.com/ice/teamstats.htm



WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS



NHL GAMES TODAY


redcard 12-12-2009 11:54 AM

No injuries? when was the last time we played a healthy Dallas team?

Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurcoooooooooooooooooooo

TonySCV 12-12-2009 11:54 AM

Let's hope the demons in Turco's head strike again at Staples Center.

If we win tonight... we tie San Jose! (Not to mention putting an 8 point cushion between us and Dallas.) If we lose, Dallas gets to within 4 points of us. HUGE game again tonight.

rapots 12-12-2009 12:11 PM

Kings win, they'll find a way....nice matchup Turco and Kopi :D

Stars99Lobo37 12-12-2009 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redcard (Post 22611003)
No injuries? when was the last time we played a healthy Dallas team?

Tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurcoooooooooooooooooooo

3 years ago. :help:

I'd be shocked if Auld didn't start tonight for Dallas. Good luck tonight (not that you'll need it or anything).

123slam 12-12-2009 12:17 PM

Hopefully the Stars are tired from their 11-round shootout against the Sharks last night. Let's take advantage.

Hope the boys don't let up. Keep the roll going!

KINGS17 12-12-2009 12:22 PM

Time for the Kings to put some distance between themselves and the weaker teams in the division. A win tonight helps tremendously.

mbar 12-12-2009 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 123slam (Post 22611227)
Hopefully the Stars are tired from their 11-round shootout against the Sharks last night. Let's take advantage.

Hope the boys don't let up. Keep the roll going!

Is it my imagination or is every game going into shootouts these days, especially when they involve western conference teams?

I mean, just last night, 3 points awarded in the SJ - Dallas game, Calgary - Minnesota game and Detroit - Ducks game. Even the Avalanche got a bonus point from their tie.

Drives me crazy.

I end up watching the kings competitors play each other and just pray that they don't tie. I know the shootout was designed to break ties and create winners but it seems to me to be having the opposite effect in the sense that in a tie game with 10 minutes left in the 3rd period, each team just holds on to ensure that they at least get the 1 point. It sucks, but I know it's a discussion for a different thread.

The point is that the Kings have to keep up the great pace they're on because there are a lot of western conference teams racking up the points these days. Regulation losses are not an option.

BehindEnemyLines 12-12-2009 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mbar (Post 22611589)
Is it my imagination or is every game going into shootouts these days, especially when they involve western conference teams?

I mean, just last night, 3 points awarded in the SJ - Dallas game, Calgary - Minnesota game and Detroit - Ducks game. Even the Avalanche got a bonus point from their tie.

I noticed this too last night.

Hopefully Kopitar can turn things up again like the last time we played dallas!:yo:

The Hegemony Consul 12-12-2009 01:46 PM

My first live game of the season, finally! My lady & I will be in PR18, watching (hopefully lots of) the pucks get past Turco/Auld. Go Kings!

KopitarFAN 12-12-2009 02:19 PM

On a back to back; on the road, Dallas will be worn out. Kings win 4-2.

Cutty Sarkn3ss* 12-12-2009 02:57 PM

Kings need to turn up the heat on this Dallas team. That game vs San Jose was very physical last night so we should have a little extra in the tank.

LET'S GO BOYS!!!!!

GO KINGS

Zad 12-12-2009 03:01 PM

There is a false rumor going around that Wayne Superman Simmonds is out...

kingsholygrail 12-12-2009 04:42 PM

Simmonds is out. Kings gotta step up.

DIEHARD the King fan 12-12-2009 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KINGS17 (Post 22611272)
Time for the Kings to put some distance between themselves and the weaker teams in the division. A win tonight helps tremendously.

Yes indeed. :D

can you say, "Tuuuuuuur -- coh!"

JT Dutch* 12-12-2009 04:54 PM

... With the loss of Simmonds, where do the Kings go from here with the lineups?

I suppose the logical thing would be to bump up Moller to Simmonds' old spot at 3rd line RW, and go with a fourth line of Ivanans-Richardson-Harrold. Anyone else have other suggestions?

Zad 12-12-2009 04:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JT Dutch (Post 22614543)
... With the loss of Simmonds, where do the Kings go from here with the lineups?

I suppose the logical thing would be to bump up Moller to Simmonds' old spot at 3rd line RW, and go with a fourth line of Ivanans-Richardson-Harrold. Anyone else have other suggestions?

Yes.

Bring up Westgarth.

He goes after the opposing team's best player each shift and picks a fight.

Both get game misconducts.

Even steven.

Zad 12-12-2009 05:30 PM

I have a feeling Williams and Kopitar have big games tonight.

The Black1963 12-12-2009 05:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JT Dutch (Post 22614543)
... With the loss of Simmonds, where do the Kings go from here with the lineups?

I suppose the logical thing would be to bump up Moller to Simmonds' old spot at 3rd line RW, and go with a fourth line of Ivanans-Richardson-Harrold. Anyone else have other suggestions?

That's what I was thinking but I guess TM likes Richardson in the shutdown role better than Moller.

It's going to be Clune, Westy or King that will get the callup imo.

GummiBaked 12-12-2009 06:30 PM

prediction for tonights game... pain.

Kings spank Stars.

Ollie Weeks 12-12-2009 06:41 PM

The Dallas Stars, a team which anything can happen against.

We don't need Simmonds in order to win this game. We need Williams, Frolov, Brown and Kopitar. I demand a firefight!

Reaper45 12-12-2009 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Slippery Moses (Post 22615707)
The Dallas Stars, a team which anything can happen against.

We don't need Simmonds in order to win this game. We need Williams, Frolov, Brown and Kopitar. I demand a firefight!


son of earl 12-12-2009 07:43 PM

Such an awesome seen I love that movie. Kings win tonight. gonna be dead at staples cause of the weather

backhander 12-12-2009 07:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TonySCV (Post 22611009)
Let's hope the demons in Turco's head strike again at Staples Center.

If we win tonight... we tie San Jose! (Not to mention putting an 8 point cushion between us and Dallas.) If we lose, Dallas gets to within 4 points of us. HUGE game again tonight.

i like this prediction

GO KINGS!!!!

KingsKnight 12-12-2009 08:35 PM

See you all there!! Go Kings! :yo:


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